Wednesday, 23 August, 2017

Donovan Mitchell drafted 13th in the 2017 NBA Draft

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Mitchell, a standout sophomore, is a prototypical Jazz pick who was likely targeted throughout the process. The Jazz traded the No. 30 and No. 42 picks to the Los Angeles Lakers for the No. 28 pick, North Carolina forward Tony Bradley. The trade had not yet been confirmed by the National Basketball Association.

Lyles averaged 6.1 points per game as a rookie with Utah while shooting 44 percent from the floor and 38 percent from 3-point range. He managed to shoot 46.3% from two, 35.4% from three and 80.6% from the free throw line.

"His elite athleticism, length and game give him a passing resemblance to a young Dwyane Wade", ESPN analyst Chad Ford said of Mitchell ahead of the draft.

Morris was an All-Big 12 first team selection as a senior and was named the Most Outstanding Player at the Big 12 Tournament. "I think that will stick out from everybody else, and then I'll let the rest of the game come along". He averaged 13.7 points last season but saw his minutes and shooting percentages drop dramatically from 2015-16. But he fell out of the rotation, and played two games in the playoffs. The 19-year old averaged an impressive 19.5 points and 14.1 rebounds per 40 minutes as a freshman playing behind Kennedy Meeks and Isaiah Hicks.

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Mitchell wasn't expected to fall to the Jazz at No. 24, so general manager Dennis Lindsey did what he does best, made a few phone calls, and went and got the man they wanted.

Stockton really caught the attention of Lindsey, Snyder and Jazz president Steve Starks when he told them, "He plays like an adult".

There is, of course, value to be had in later picks, as Jazz fans should be aware of considering they have unearthed gems such as Rudy Gobert with picks in the 20s.

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